Snowdrops in the forest
- Thursday, 19 February 2015
The official Scottish Snowdrop Festival runs from 31st January to 15th March, but snowdrops – being as versatile as they are – can pop up anywhere in the country from autumn to late spring.
The pretty white flowers tend to emerge when winter is in its final flurry, just as the warmer weather starts to pave the way for spring.
Snowdrops grow across Scotland, so keep an eye out for them next time you’re in the forest – pause for a while to take in the magical white carpet they create and enjoy their delicate fragrance.
- Did you know the scientific name for snowdrops – Galanthus – means milk flower?
- Snowdrop collecting is becoming a popular, not to mention extravagant, hobby. Some special bulbs can fetch up to £600.
- It’s likely that snowdrops arrived on our shores from soldiers who fought in the Crimean War. Legend has it those who took a shine to the small white flowers, brought them home to plant in their own gardens.
Where to see them
While you can see snowdrops in many places, here are some ideas to get you started. If you’re making a special trip specifically to see snowdrops, do check ahead with the district office that they’re out in bloom.
Nestled in glorious Galloway Forest Park, Cally Woods is a beautiful forest to explore any time of year, but particularly during early spring when snowdrops carpet the floor.
There are easy and moderate trails to enjoy, and Cally Gardens are the perfect place to extend your snowdrop spotting.
Adorning the banks of Loch Long, Ardentinny is a lovely forest and beach with plentiful views and trails for all. Catch a glimpse of snowdrops on the Riverside trail, where you wind alongside the river to an old walled garden and a forest floor peppered with wildflowers.
Backdropped by the majestic Cairngorm mountain range, Feshiebridge offers a peaceful getaway and some interesting art, not to mention plenty of snowdrop gazing opportunities. In particular the easy access Frank Bruce Sculpture trail has plenty of lovely snowdrops this time of year, and some interesting sculptures to boot.
This mature woodland just outside Falkirk buzzes with wildlife. Take a stroll to the little loch and keep an eye out for the snowdrops that peek through at this time of year.
Close to Aberfeldy, you’ll find the fairytale-like forest of Weem. Complete with its own castle, and glittering views over the river Tay, you’ll also find snowdrops aplenty.
Just south of St Andrews, this estate is a fantastic place to see snowdrops. The tiny flowers put on an impressive display day or night.
In the Scottish Borders you’ll find Kailzie Gardens boasting an excellent array of snowdrops. The enchanting gardens are ideal for a walk on a sunny spring day, and are also home to one of the Tweed Valley Osprey Project’s watch centres.
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